Ever since 2003’s awful “Paycheck,” John Woo has stayed away from Hollywood, returning to China to helm the two-part historical epic “Red Cliff” and co-directing the 2010 wuxia film “Reign of Assassins.” Later this year, he’s set to drop the first half of his latest sweeping period film “The Crossing,” and the film’s first featurette/trailer has arrived online.
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo among many others, the two-part film was written by “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling and centers on three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai and will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping and warfare. So, John Woo’s “Titanic“?
Lasting under three-and-a-half minutes, the trailer features a lot of impressive footage —war scenes, sinking boats, swooning scenes between lovers— from the two-part film cut alongside an EPK-style interview with Woo introducing the film to audiences.
Variety reports the first part of “The Crossing” hits Chinese theaters in post-converted 3D on December 2nd with the second half hitting sometime early next year. Watch the international trailer below. No word yet on a stateside release.